ideas without borders

ideas without borders

By Nick Yang, Simon Lin
This podcast is run by the Engineers Without Borders Chapter at the University of Waterloo. It focuses on systemic issues that pertain to everyone on Waterloo Campus, and not just engineers.
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Ep 21 Part 2: Uganda's path to clean energy access - a conversation with Marvin Tumusiime from New Energy Nexus
From firewood to solar lanterns, we explore the role of entrepreneurs in making energy cleaner, accessible, and affordable in Uganda. In this episode Simon chats with Marvin Tumusiime from ENVenture, a part of New Energy Nexus, about Uganda's energy landscape and what ENVenture is doing to help Community-Based Organizations increase access to clean energy tech in the last mile. Interested in learning more? Links mentioned throughout this episode follow below: Follow New Energy Nexus Website: https://www.newenergynexus.com/ Slack Channel: http://bit.ly/joinNEnetwork Follow ENVenture online: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ENVenture Twitter: https://twitter.com/NewEnergyNexus Website: enventureenterprises.org Website blog: enventureenterprises.org/blog Business Development Fellowships: https://www.enventureenterprises.org/businessfellows
1:01:32
June 1, 2020
Ep 21 Part 1: A co-op term in Uganda - as told from chapter president Mandy Coleman
Solar panels, water filters, and cook stoves in a cultural shift towards accessible clean energy: Chapter president (A-stream) Mandy Coleman chats with Simon about her experiences in working as a Business Development Fellow with ENVenture in Kampala, Uganda during one of the co-op work terms as part of her undergraduate engineering degree. More information about the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program can be found at https://queenelizabethscholars.ca/
32:23
June 1, 2020
Ep 16 Part 3: Opportunities for student involvement in the Energy Sector, Advice for Uncertainties
Now that we've explored the Energy Access Sector through the WISE Innovation Lab interviews, Simon takes us through some more interview clips that detail ways for students to get involved with the Energy Sector. Innovation Lab Interviewees also share some life advice for undergraduates seeking to figure out "the next steps" of their careers. We hope you have enjoyed this three-part episode on the Energy Sector and wish you happy holidays. Stay tuned for more episodes to come! --- LINKS TO REFERENCES IN THE EPISODE: Fellowships with PollinateGroup as mentioned by Kristy Dixon: http://pollinategroup.org/programs/  Ambika Opal's Recommendations for ways to get involved in Waterloo: Sustainable Waterloo Region - https://www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca/ Waterloo Region Green Solutions (REEP) -  https://reepgreen.ca/ Queen Elisabeth Scholar's Program: https://ae4h.org/projects/qes  More questions about Energy and QES program? Email Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director of WISE: nathwani@uwaterloo.ca Check out Jabesh and MUSE Africa: https://museafrica.com/category/podcast/ --- For a complete list of Innovation Lab participants and more information on the conference, visit https://ae4h.org/projects/innovation_lab_current/innovation_lab_2019 --- Feedback? Questions for us? Wanting to collaborate in an episode? Contact us here: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/
28:27
December 25, 2019
Ep 20: A Co-op Term in Ghana: The Junior Fellow Experience
In this episode we welcome Koreen, Katie and Alina, to share with us their personal experiences working as Junior Fellows in Ghana. The Junior Fellowship Program selects aspiring Canadian students to contribute their innovative ideas on solutions to our worlds development needs, through social change in Canada and Africa. Join us in this podcast to learn more about the Junior Fellowship Program, and hear each of the JF’s life changing experiences! If you would like to learn more about the JF program please visit: https://www.ewb.ca/en/what-we-do/investing-in-people/junior-fellowship/
25:08
November 23, 2019
Ep 19: Is Finding Middle Ground Too Profound? Reflections on an event co-hosted by the Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies Society, Muslim Students Association, and EWB
Conflicts are inevitable and everywhere, but why do they occur? What kinds of engagements and interactions do the different student demographics on campus experience and what are their influences? Where are these interactions mostly available? In the face of an apparent disparity between social groups today, we ask the question of whether trying to establish a middle ground for safe and productive dialogues is even possible. “Is Finding Middle Ground Too Profound?” was a campus event hosted by The Masters of Peace and Conflicts Society (MPACS), Muslim Students Association (MSA), and EWB UW back in March of 2019. This event was facilitated as a first step towards promoting healthy interactions and perspective exchange between students from different programs and groups on campus. In face-to-face discussion circles, participants shared their views on: how to make the campus a more inclusive space How we can establish safe and productive dialogues between increasingly polarized political views and the mechanisms exist for doing so Join Simon, Stella, and Simmi in this episode as they listen to and reflect on the points raised during this well-received event. If you are interested in attending an event such as this one, send us a message! We’re excited to arrange another one: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/ More on Masters of Peace and Conflicts Studies: Masters of Peace and Conflicts Program: https://uwaterloo.ca/master-peace-conflict-studies/ MPACS events: https://uwaterloo.ca/master-peace-conflict-studies/events MPACS facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mpacssocietyuwaterloo/
51:13
October 28, 2019
Ep 18: Podcast Your Vote
Are you confused about voting? Or interested in learning about the party platforms? In this podcast episode, Thea will be interviewing Kirsten Neil, a representative from Future Majority, who answers these inquiries and stresses the importance of young adults voting in the federal election. Keep listening to learn more about the Canadian electoral process from Bailey, Kelvin, Shannon and Anna,  as well as what you need to know about each platform in order to make an educated vote.  For more information about the federal election visit: https://govotecanada.ca and to learn more about voting at the University of Waterloo visit: https://uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-undergraduate-student-association/events/federal-election-student-voting-polls
10:58
October 14, 2019
Ep 17 Mini Episode 5: An Interview with Professor Giannikouris
In this mini-podcast episode, Maisha interviews Professor Giannikouris about her experiences in STEM and offers insightful views on very important matters.
10:51
September 6, 2019
Ep 17 Mini Episode 4: An Interview with Mariko
In this mini-podcast episode, Aysha interviews Waterloo's Engineering Society President, Mariko. She opens up about her experiences and offers insightful opinions on the issue of gender imbalance in STEM.
34:28
September 6, 2019
Ep 17 Mini Episode 3: An Interview with Sinclair
In this mini-podcast episode, Scarlett interviews a fellow UWaterloo engineering student (who also happens to be her sister) and she shares her experiences in the STEM field through her co-ops.
07:30
September 6, 2019
Ep 17 Mini Episode 2: An Interview with Professor Meunier
In this interview, Amilah interviews Professor Meunier on her experiences in STEM, balancing motherhood with her career and the important support system that she received from her family. 
12:30
September 6, 2019
Ep 17 Mini Episode 1: An Interview with Professor MacGregor
In this mini-podcast episode, Aysha interviews Professor MacGregor about her personal experiences in STEM and she gives some incredible insight on some very important matters.
23:49
September 6, 2019
Ep 17: Gender Imbalance in STEM
Have you ever been curious as to why it is  difficult for women to pursue or be in STEM? In this podcast episode, we talk about many important factors in this issue, including impostor syndrome, nature versus nurture and personal experiences about the struggles in this male-dominated field. The episode also carries on in 5 mini episodes, where we share our interviews with many incredible women in STEM. 
28:58
September 6, 2019
Ep 16 Part 2: WISE and the AE4H Innovation Lab - Getting to know the Energy Access Sector
Episode Summary Part 2 of this episode explores the Energy Access sector through interviews with experts to get a sense of existing challenges today. Key terms such as "Social Value" and "Productive Use" of energy are defined by these experts, along with their personal metrics for measuring success in providing energy access.  --- Preface Approximately 1 billion people in the world today live without access to the energy required for basic life functions such as cooking and seeing at night. The Affordable Energy 4 Humanity (AE4H) Innovation Lab 2019 dedicated three days to bring some of the world's top energy experts together to establish global networks and start collaborations for today's increasingly complex energy access challenges.  EWB UW had the privilege of attending and interviewing some of these experts in search of insights on what it means to work in Energy Access today. Join us on a 3-part episode to learn about how Energy Access relates to development work, how you can get involved through co-op opportunities and fellowships, and the perspectives experts have on their work. --- Notable links: Listen to all the expert interviews in full here: https://ae4h.org/projects/innovation_lab_current/innovation_lab_2019#Podcast Co-op opportunities in the Energy Access sector through WISE and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program: https://ae4h.org/projects/qes Do you like these kinds of episodes? Do you have something to share with us about an event or organization? Send us a message here: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/
32:31
July 29, 2019
Ep 16 Part 1: WISE and the AE4H Innovation Lab - Tackling energy poverty through globally established networks
Episode Summary Part 1 of this episode introduces the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), and builds context on the AE4H project as well how the Innovation Lab conferences were designed.  --- Preface Approximately 1 billion people in the world today live without access to the energy required for basic life functions such as cooking and seeing at night. The Affordable Energy 4 Humanity (AE4H) Innovation Lab 2019 dedicated three days to bring some of the world's top energy experts together to establish global networks and start collaborations for today's increasingly complex energy access challenges.  EWB UW had the privilege of attending and interviewing some of these experts in search of insights on what it means to work in Energy Access today. Join us on a 3-part episode to learn about how Energy Access relates to development work, how you can get involved through co-op opportunities and fellowships, and the perspectives experts have on their work. --- Notable links: Do you like these kinds of episodes? Do you have something to share with us about an event or organization? Send us a message here: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/ Listen to all the expert interviews in full here: https://ae4h.org/projects/innovation_lab_current/innovation_lab_2019#Podcast Co-op opportunities in the Energy Access sector through WISE and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program: https://ae4h.org/projects/qes
19:22
July 24, 2019
Ep 15: Millenials vs Generation Z
Have you ever been accused of a characteristic based on the generation you are from? Do you ever feel the lines are blurred when identifying yourself as a part of certain generation? This new episode of Ideas Without Borders for the Spring 2019 term kicks off with our executive team discussing about Millennials and Generation  Z, the struggles they are facing in the real world, how they are coping with all the harsh criticism of previous generations, and tackling the validity of common stereotypes against them.  A great big thanks to Mr. Scott Holmes for his song 'Driven to Success' in our podcast. For more details about his music, please contact him by:   https://scottholmesmusic.com/ 
24:02
May 31, 2019
Ep 14: Mobile Learning in Africa with Fiona Otieno, UW's 2019 Kumvana Fellow
As part of EWB's Kumvana Fellowship Program, the Waterloo Chapter had the opportunity of hosting Fiona Otieno, a Lead Customer Engagement Associate at M-Shule (mobile - Shule, "Shule" is Swahili for school). UW EWB's Kumvana Portfolio arranged a one week itinerary for Fiona, dedicated to meeting related industry partners, social impact incubators, and like-minded individuals here in Waterloo to support her work back at M-Shule. Join us in this podcast to learn more about the Kumvana Program, and hear how Fiona's journey in improving the education system in Kenya led to her current involvement at M-Shule, one of Africa's most innovative education solutions.  Do you have some questions? Would you like to contact Fiona? Send her an email at  fiona.otieno@m-shule.com  and mention that you heard of her from this podcast episode!
43:01
March 11, 2019
Ep 13: Beyond Borders - Pulse Home
This episode explores what chapter members are up to following their EWB experience.  Featuring former chapter co-President Emman Haider, a 4th year systems design engineering student, EWB UW takes a closer look into the Canadian Indigenous Housing Crisis via Pulse Home - an engineering capstone project that is quickly growing into a social enterprise dedicated to empowering First Nations communities in developing affordable, sustainable housing solutions on reserves.  Perspectives are shared between our chapter members and Emman, along with a discussion of the multi-faceted layers of the housing crisis on First Nations Reserves. Questions? Send us a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/ 
26:52
February 17, 2019
Ep 12: Burnout
Burnout is a common contributor to mental health issues for university students, but what is it exactly? In this episode we explore the types, causes, effects, and sources of burnout alongside prevention and self-management strategies by exploring the experiences of various EWB UW members.  Curious on learning more? Have a comment or question? Send us a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/
30:58
February 3, 2019
Ep 11: Weed is Legal
Cannabis is legal in Canada. How will this affect the system revolving around weed in Canada? How will it affect the black market? What about youth? We take a closer look, and also call in an anonymous drug dealer for some more information. 
36:47
January 19, 2019
Ep 10: Student Mental Health
Students often experience mental health issues, but what kind of mental health issues are prevalent? What are the causes behind these issues, and what can people do to help? From weighing in various statistics to having a round-discussion between actual students, this podcast will make you ponder on various mental health topics and encourage people to discuss this important matter.
29:15
January 6, 2019
Ep 9: Feedback Loops- Big Data, Diversity Hiring, and AIFs
A vital part of systems analysis is seeing how feedback loops impact stocks and systems as a whole. In this final episode for the Spring term, the team looks at how bias can slip into everything, and how we can reduce its impact.
21:38
September 9, 2018
Ep 8: Sustainable Transportation
With the soon arriving ION Transportation System, how will this affect the system of transportation within Waterloo? How can we create a system that encourages sustainble transit?
19:32
September 2, 2018
Ep 7: Healthy Food Options
Wonder why there's only Tim's on campus? Ever wish for healthier options? Why is it that we are stuck with an unhealthy food system? In this episode, we tackle all of these questions around the food system at the University of Waterloo.
20:23
August 24, 2018
Ep 6: Introduction to Systems Thinking
This episode introduces future plans for the podcast, as well as a brief overview of what systemic thinking really is.
07:11
June 19, 2018
Ep 5: Reddit & Communication
r/uwaterloo- love it or hate it, it's one of the most popular mediums of communication here at UW. However, what benefits and disadvantages does it provide when discussing topics such as mental health? In this episode, we get thoughts from Dave Tompkins, the CS professor who had his brush with Reddit fame.
20:05
April 6, 2018
Ep 4: Social Bubbles
Do you ever look around and think about how many of your friends are in the same faculty as you? Why is that? What are some of the advantages and problems of living in a social bubble? EWB takes a critical look at the issue through interviews with University of Waterloo students.
22:59
March 14, 2018
Ep 3: First Year Uncertainty - Did I Choose the Right Program?
Many undergraduates question whether they are really in the right program. This often leads to stress and dilemmas. In spirit of systems thinking, this episode looks at the process of choosing a university program for high school students. Based off of a current Fourth Year Design Project, this podcast interviews four different first year students as they reflect on their program selection experiences. Each interview brings forward a unique factor of consideration that influences the decision making process. As the FYDP continues to develop a solution, we hope that this podcast encourages you to think about how different perspectives influence the decision making process.
1:12:46
November 27, 2017
Ep 2: Reminiscing First Year
Failing midterms, finding friends, feeling homesick....a group of 2nd year Engineering students look reflect on their transition into first year university.
1:05:40
September 22, 2017
Ep 1: The Dakota Access Pipeline
Engineering students at the University of Waterloo explore the implications of the Dakota Access Pipeline. What does the construction of this pipeline mean for industries? For the environment? For the indigenous communities?
40:12
September 22, 2017